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Robert Fugard


Robert Fugard

A partner in our Banking Group, Robert Fugard heads our Asset Finance practice. Robert has extensive experience of big-ticket asset finance and Islamic finance transactions, with a particular focus on the aviation sector. 

Robert focuses on complex cross-border financing in the aviation sector, advising airlines, banks and leasing companies on the acquisition and disposal of aircraft portfolios and on the financing of aircraft using a range of financing techniques. Robert's practice covers both commercial and corporate aircraft. At the forefront of the sector's search for new and innovative sources of finance, Robert has structured and worked on a wide array of pre-delivery, export credit-supported, tax-enhanced and Islamic financing, in the leasing, bank and capital markets.

'He is exceptionally bright; he has an extremely intellectually rigorous approach which is great when you are doing complicated transactions'

Chambers UK 2016

Areas of focus

Representative experience

Advising Norwegian Air Shuttle on its U.S. Exim-backed financing of 36 B737 and B787 aircraft in the bank and capital markets.

Advising Vietnam Airlines on its U.S. Exim-backed financing of 4 B787 aircraft.

Advising Standard Chartered Bank on the JALCO financing of two A321 aircraft for Turkish Airlines.

Advising ALAFCO on its U.S. Exim-backed bond financing of two B777 aircraft for Garuda.

Advising Banc of America Leasing Ireland on the sale and leaseback of two B777 aircraft for Qatar Airways.

Advising UBS AG on the financing of over 50 corporate aircraft.

Education and admissions


  • M.A. Law, University of Cambridge, Peterhouse College


  • The Aviation Club
  • The Law Society
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